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The Pastor's Wife: The True Story of a…

The Pastor's Wife: The True Story of a Minister and the Shocking…

by Diane Fanning

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Secret lives, who knows what goes on when the front door is locked and the children in bed? Abusive men threaten women with death and taking away their children all the time, but the women go to the police, they go to Women's Shelters, they go to various charities, churches or their family. They don't in general pick up guns to threaten their husbands and oh, it went off accidentally, so then they take the kids and run away trying to cover their trail as they go. Was she guilty of murder or manslaughter or was the abuse-excuse justified?

I knew a man, aged about 24, a chef, a white guy, he grew up in Zimbabwe. He left home in his mid-teens because he was fed up with the physical abuse from his very strict father. When he went back to visit his mother one day he said he caught his father abusing her and so he picked up a gun to threaten him but oh, it went off and so he ran away to South Africa and with the help of a bent lawyer got himself a passport and a fast exit (at almost the same time as the bent lawyer) to a tiny island in the Caribbean. He married an English girl from a posh family and went to the UK where they now have a little country house pub and restaurant. She has no idea.... Was he guilty of murder? Was the pastor's wife? ( )
  Petra.Xs | Apr 2, 2013 |
True Crime books will either engross me or bore me, black or white with little gray. One of the hardest subjects to engage readers in, because facts are hard to get through without putting the reader to sleep. This book was at times boring... like when the author went through huge details of the state, when I really didn't care and mostly paragraph skipped through it. On the flip side of the coin, she did a pretty good job of keeping me wanting more info on the crime itself and the personalities behind the perpetrator, the victim and all those involved then delivering those facts without completely losing me. Still... It was just an okay book for me. ( )
  justablondemoment | Feb 22, 2010 |
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" A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth." ---Ecclesiastes 7:1
"Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life." ---Proverbs 31:10-12
"Unto the woman he said,'I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.' " ---Genesis 3:16
"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." ---John 8:7
"For a woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.' ---Romans 7:2
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By 6:45 on the evening of Wednesday, March 22, 2006, uneasiness crept like a surreptitious fog over the leaders of Fourth Street Church of Christ in Selmer, Tennessee.
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When Pastor Matthew Winkler was found dead at his Fourth Street Church of Christ parsonage in Selmer, Tennessee, both police investigators and parishioners were shaken and mystified: How could evil strike this cradle of faith? Meanwhile, Mrs. Winkler and her three daughters were still missing.… (more)

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